Error 0xc00000e9 on Clean Windows 7 install on new build
I have a ECS g41T-m7 motherboard (FAR, Woo!) paired with a q8300 I just grabbed used. I've got a SATA Samsung DVD burner and an old IDE ST3160021A (Seagate Barracuda 160 gig) and a 1 gig Crucial DDR3 stick. Don't criticize the components, the system was nearly free out of pocket
I'm trying to do a clean install with Windows 7 Pro. Every time I finish the install, the system doesn't boot, instead going to a black screen with Error 0xc00000e9 and a suggestion to run system repair. When I reboot, it shows the same error with a message either about an IO error or that the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.
I tried reinstalling 2 or 3 times and still the same issue. I saw people say that the DVD was a potential issue, so I created a bootable USB drive from the ISO and installed. Again, same issue. I've unplugged any unnecessary components including the DVD drive, leaving only the Hard drive connected. The error still shows up.
I looked it up and it seems a lot of people say this is due to a failed hard drive. When I was building, I did drop my hard drive a short distance (about a foot onto carpet), but it still passes the SeaTools long test (ran about 3 or 4 times). I also did a full wipe in SeaTools and tried installing windows, again no luck.
Is my drive shot, or is there anything I can do? Are there any BIOS setting I need to tinker with? It's been ages since I used an IDE drive... The jumper is set on Cable Select, and it's connected to the master on the IDE Cable...
UPDATE: Looks like the hard drive's definitely fine. See my latest post.